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150 players competing in 25th Inter-district & State TT c’ship

25th Inter-district & State TT c'ship

Kohima, October 6: More than 150 players from 12 districts are competing in different categories of competition of the 25th Inter-district & State Table Tennis championship.
Nagaland Table Tennis Association (NTTA) organized the tourney in commemoration of its 50 years of existence on the theme “Moving on”. The championship commenced on Tuesday at TT Stadium here with Advisor for Youth Resources and Sports Zale Neikha gracing the inaugural programme as the special guest.
Of the more than 150 players, Mayang Longkumer of Kohima district, aged 61 is the oldest player while 8-years-old Sumitoli Z. Assumi from Zunheboto district is the youngest player of the tournament which will conclude tomorrow.
Addressing the inaugural programme, Neikha said in Nagaland, there are varieties of sports disciplines which could be played by the young and old with the availability of outdoor and indoor stadiums in the state.
He said that Nagas are very fit to compete in the Indoor National and Inter-National sports discipline such as Table Tennis, Sepaktakraw, Badminton, Boxing etc where the physicality does not create a disadvantage.
“If given a certain amount of dedication, determination, discipline and training at grass-root level from a young age, then I am confident that you will be a renowned International Rising Star with young youths following your footsteps,” he said.
Table tennis is certainly a sport for all and a sport for life, it is particularly good for developing alertness and coordination, he said, adding that an intense game can stimulate mental alertness and concentration and develop mental acuity.
In the long run, active and continued participation in sports would pay rich dividends in terms of fitness, well-being, and happiness, he said.
There are many benefits of being a sportsperson, it gives one the confidence, strength and enhances physical productivity, he said, adding that sports teaches us how to work in harmony with other people, accept defeat with equal ease and work as a consolidated unit.
Winning and losing in sports is a part of the game, but the happiness originating from the participation in sports is a highly cherished trophy, he said.
NTTA president Swelül Pucho delivered the welcome address while Convenor of Souvenir Committee Vitho Neikha shared the 50 years journey of NTTA while Ale Kreo enthralled the gathering with a special number.
(Page News Service)